Everest Base Camp ascent

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Approach the summit of the gods
Everest Base Camp ascent

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Nepal, gateway to the highest mountain summits in the world. A high-level challenge for adrenaline junkies.

This twenty-day challenge kicks off in the renowned city of Kathmandu. Nepal's capital city has preserved its natural essence and will take all of your senses by storm. It is here that you will embark on your journey that will lead you to Everest Base Camp. This is without a doubt one of the most coveted trekker itineraries. It is, however, for more seasoned thrill-seekers: it is spread over 11 days and reaches an altitude of 5643 metres. Once you've reached your destination, your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of its beautiful mountains.
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Information Session for the CRS Challenge Program
20 November 2018 - 6:00pm
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Information Session for the CRS Challenge Program
20 November 2018 - 6:00pm
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Details

Where

Nepal

When

April 13 - May 2, 2019

Duration of the trip

20 days

Level of difficulty

Advanced

Accomodation

hotel, tent, lodge

Fundraising goal by participant

$14,000
Participants
Alison Alloucherie, Jacques Bureau, Chantal Guérin, Amélie Legeay, Francine Nadon, Christian Roberge, Elsa Schoder

Your Journey

Departure from Montreal. 

The meals included are the ones served onboard. 

Meals: NIL

You will be met by a representative and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5 p.m. where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fiberfill jacket. 

Meals: NIL

This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2 p.m. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw.

Walk approx. 2-3 h We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at our private eco campsite at Ghat. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges Overnight. 

Walk approx. 4-5 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. Our accommodation will be at our private eco campsite. 

Walk approx. 4-5 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

For those feeling well acclimatised there is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung. Khumjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. There will generally be the opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the “scalp of a yeti”. 

Overnight accommodation will be at our private eco campsite. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

The walk to Deboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. 

Walk approx. 6-7 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

This morning we begin a steady ascent. The stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse are spectacular throughout our walk today. We head down to cross the Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wide, open trail to the small village of Pangboche (4000 m). We may take a slight detour to visit the Pangboche Gompa - the oldest monastary (around 300 years old) in the Khumbu Region. 

Overnight private eco camp. 

Walk approx. 6-7 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

An important acclimatization/rest day today with the option of hiking high up to the ridge overlooking the village, or perhaps up to Chukung Village. Overnight private eco camp. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

We are gaining altitude and it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto moraine towards the Khumbu Glacier. Overnight eco lodge. 

Walk approx 6 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep we have an early lunch before we commence our trek to Everest Base Camp. In the pre monsoon season many expeditions can be seen at base camp and this excursion is one of the highlights of the trek. 

Overnight lodge. 

Walk approx. 7-8 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

Kala Pattar is not a Nepali name but a Hindi name and translates to “black rock”. From these black rocks atop the hill the views are spectacular. Most eyes are locked on the mass of Everest and its rocky buttresses immediately before us. Our path on an old lateral moraine takes us to the sheltered village of Dingboche and our permanent camp. This afternoon we can walk up the ridge behind Dingboche for sunset views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Chhukung Peak. 

Walk approx. 7-8 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

There can be a tendency now to rush, particularly as we are walking downhill, but there is still much to see. We descend to Pangboche and visit its historic old monastery, thought to be the oldest in the Khumbu. Continue on to our private eco camp at Deboche for the night. 

Walk approx. 4-5 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It’s a pleasant walk down to Namche. 

Overnight in private eco campsite. 

Walk approx. 5-6 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

Leaving Namche we descend through the forest towards the Dudh Kosi, and continue our return journey crossing and re-crossing the river. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing and if we are lucky, one of the superb cakes that our Nepali chefs are renowned for. 

Overnight lodge. 

Walk approx. 7-8 h 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, diner

This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

Meal included: Breakfast

After breakfast, free day until the airport transfer. The meals included are the ones served onboard. Exact schedule to be confirmed. 

Meals: Breakfast

The meals included are the ones served onboard. Exact schedule to be confirmed. 

Meals: NIL

Be ready to face your challenge

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Equipment

In order to be comfortable throughout your adventure, it's essential to bring the right equipment. The secret is to protect the most vulnerable parts of your body against heat, cold and moisture. Always pack warm clothing and waterproof hiking shoes. You may want to consider bringing along a toque and even a walking stick. Choose a light backpack and carry nothing but the essentials for your journey. Check out our tool box section for more tips and tricks.

Logistics

Even though the CRS Challenge is a personal experience, it's also a group adventure. Our team of experts will provide you with useful advice and the answers to all of your questions from the moment you register to the moment you return. We have mastered the art of logistics, thanks to our knowledge of the destinations we offer and the fact that we organize several challenges every year, making your overall experience all the more enjoyable.

Nepal, halfway between fascination and mystery

Isolated by two giants, China and India, this tiny country has long been a mythical crossroads for the salt trade route and the Silk Road. Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha, is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world to this day. The seventies' hippie trail renewed the popularity of the inspiring and dreamlike road to Kathmandu. It is now one of the avid trekker’s most popular destinations. Unsurprisingly, Nepal offers legendary routes to the conquest of Everest’s summit taken by the most famous climbers in history. Nepal's visitors are treated to unique landscapes with unrivaled beauty. It is often said that the country is blessed by the gods, and understandably so, when you behold the beauty of its seemingly endless landscapes. It is truly a cultural mosaic as well. Even though Nepali is the official language spoken by the majority of its inhabitants, there is also a blend of over fifty dialects, cultures and backgrounds. Nepalis are hospitable and will be more than happy to share their ancestral customs with you and open their doors to the highest mountain summits in the world.

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